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Complaints and Dispute Settlement Scheme

for the Legal Profession

a. Dirkzwager participates in the Complaints and Dispute Settlement Scheme for the Legal Profession.

b. The Dirkzwager complaints procedure is the procedure applied by Dirkzwager (the Dirkzwager advocatuur Complaints Procedure) for handling complaints from Dirkzwager clients regarding the services provided by a Dirkzwager lawyer.

c. In the event Dirkzwager is unable to resolve complaints from a client regarding the services provided by a Dirkzwager lawyer with the aid of this complaints procedure in a manner that is acceptable to the client in question, such client will have the right to submit the complaints to the Disputes Committee for the Legal Profession (hereinafter: the Disputes Committee) within twelve months after the written handling of the complaints.

d. All disputes pursuant to the formation and/or provision of the services by a Dirkzwager lawyer, including all disputes concerning contested and/or unpaid Dirkzwager invoices, will be settled by the Disputes Committee at the request of the client and/or Dirkzwager in accordance with the Legal Profession Disputes Committee Rules (hereinafter: the Rules). The Rules provide for a binding opinion if the dispute concerns an engagement granted by a private client, unless the client applies to the ordinary courts within one month after the complaint has been handled by Dirkzwager. In the event a claim is collected from a private client, a binding opinion will only apply if the client deposits the outstanding amount with the Disputes Committee. The collection in question will be subject to arbitration if the client fails to do so. The Rules provide for arbitration if the dispute concerns an engagement granted by a corporate client.

e. For the purpose of application of the Complaints and Dispute Settlement Scheme for the Legal Profession, a private client is understood to mean a client who is a natural person and therefore not a legal entity and who, when granting the engagement to Dirkzwager, does not act in the conduct of a profession or business. For the purpose of application of the Complaints and Dispute Settlement Scheme for the Legal Profession, a corporate client is understood to mean a client who is not a natural person according to the definition provided above.

Legal Practice Complaints Officer:
P. Bergkamp
PO Box 55
6500 AB Nijmegen

The Rules may be requested from the secretary of the Disputes Committee at the address:
PO Box 90600, 2509 LP The Hague.

Notarial practice

a. The Disputes Committee for the Legal Profession is not authorised to issue a decision about disputes between a (junior) civil-law notary and a Dirkzwager client.

b. The Notarial practice complaints procedure applies to the handling of complaints from Dirkzwager clients concerning the services provided by a Dirkzwager (junior) civil-law notary. See also www.knb.nl and www.degeschillencommissie.nl

Notarial Practice Complaints Officer:
T.K. Lekkerkerker
PO Box 111
6800 AC Arnhem

K.A. Veerbeek, deputy
PO Box 55
6500 AB Nijmegen